Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by stegalv, Mar 27, 2006.
any one used this supplier and how do they guarantee no vat
Yes - they're a sponsor over at the DVD Forums and are good. No issues with them.
They must run tight margins, and take the hit if you get caught by customs
Amazingly keen prices...have just ordered a couple of Hoya filters for starters, working my way up to ordering some decent Nikkor glass and a flash when it looks like I won't be taking a rap on import duties
they guarantee vat-free. i had no problems reclaiming against my pd70x and sigma 30mm
£785 for the 30D? That's extremely tempting.
For cheap lenses, filters and other basic equipment, HK suppliers are pretty good. But its a lot riskier when it comes to buying bodies, they are a lot harder to get through customs, often come with photocopied manuals, and then there are potential problems with the warranty. If anything fails, you may need to send it back to HK for repairs - putting you through customs again.
I'm talking generally of course, but I chose to spend a little more for my 350D than take the risk. I've bought a lens and some filters from them though, and will buy a flashgun as well, as soon as I can afford to.
these lot are bang on! Had a horrible time with simply electronics but onestop gave free 2day delivery via fedex. it was a nikon 17-35mm 2.8 and cost £898. Great price!
Seems other photography forums have had good experiences with them!
used them once myself and had no problems. always a bit on edge though when spending lots of ££ on something which ships from HK. they do get good feedback though
holy thread revival!!!
used them as well and very good - 42 hours fedex from HK to my door!!
I have purchased four items. First Class service great prices. I ordered one lens on tuesday evening arrived Friday,Royal mail aint that quick.
I use them and can highly recommend them.
The good and the bad.
Great prices, prompt shipping and generally no complaints in THAT department. However, prices have gone up markedly over the past 2 months or so.
International warranty doesn't apply to all makes/models of lens (for example). For instance Sigma. Unless you return to OSD, Sigma (UK) won't touch it because it hasn't had VAT paid on it and they argue it's a grey import and thus the Sigma warranty is voided in the UK. How can the manufacturers own warranty be voided? It's their warranty for cripes sake!
Also, OSD don't stamp or fill-in the warranty card. Nor does the receipt show the serial number of the item bought, so no-one can see that the invoice relates to the specific lens (for example). Tamron (USA) give a 6 year warranty on their product if registered to a USA address. Tamron lenses from OSD have a 6 month RTB warranty.
Conclusion. If you're prepared to take the risk that your product will not break, go for it, otherwise be prepared to pay for repairs.
As a prime example, I have a Sigma 24-70 EX DG lens that was bought from OSD in January 2008. Sigma (UK) have it for re-calibration. Who's paying . . . I am. Sigma 12 month international warranty not recognised (as stated above).
Conclusion. You pay your money and you make your choice.
One of the main reasons I used them was that a fellow photographer sent a item under their warantee and had it ficed and returned very quickly. I no longer care how far things travel as long as they are fixed properly!
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